13 minutes and 10 seconds on a 2k run, not bad for a beginner like me, especially finishing 2nd place. It was my first official run last Saturday and it went so well. I thought it was 3k run and 5k run but when me and my buddy went to Parks and Wildlife at Quezon City, the venue of the event, the organizers said the run would be for 2k, 4k, 6k. So I was like, ok so I would be running shorter than I expected, but anyway 2k would be good since it’s just my first. Just gonna be there testing myself if I could run the 2k straight.
So here’s the rundown of the venue – one round of run at Parks and Wildlife is equivalent to 2k, 2 rounds is equivalent of 4k and 3 laps is equivalent to 6k. If ever you will jog at Wildlife, you now know that if you finish one lap that’s already 2k.
Back at the fun run, first to run were those who were listed at 6k, followed by those in the 4k division then the last was those under 2k. Those who joined in were mix of young and old, and under my division, the competition was not as stiff as that on the 6k, mostly kids and in their 40’s I think.
As the run went on, my only goal was to run straight, no walk as part of my pacing time, so I ran the whole time, overtaking the others on different divisions, ’cause some were walking already in the middle of the route. I kinda slowed down a bit on some parts since it was slippery, and when I saw the finish line getting nearer, I was surprised ’cause I was still on the go but there it was, just a few more and I’m done, and when I noticed that I was the only one on my division near it, I said to myself, “is that it?” Well I don’t want to sound cocky here folks, but what I meant was, I joined in with my mindset to just test my stamina, if I can do it, just to get the feel of how it’s gonna be like, have a good cardio workout and winning the event is out of it. Winning was not on my mindset, but the route kinda felt short so I was like I needed to slow down a bit ’cause I might finish first and I don’t want to at that point since this is a Christian event and I’m a Catholic hehe. This was just part of my so-called training to get ripped and to be in tip-top shape if ever I will join a 5k marathon run. So when I got nearer, and saw this kid trying to overtake me, I gave way. Well, I always give way, always do, even on other fields hehe. It has been part of my nature I guess. So what I did was walk towards the finish line since this kid seemed to be tired, was walking too and wanted to win it and I let him win. Not a big deal for me. He deserved it, hats off to that kid, he’s fast also.
Another kid whom me and my buddy was talking too didn’t like the idea of what I did, even said that I should have won it, but I don’t think he would understand. First of all, I was just a visitor there, this was another one of those Christian events that I was in, so it would be better if a fellow Christian would win it. I would be a kill joy if I sprint the last one and win it since I’m competing with a kid on that point. I told him I could have let him win also if he was listed on the same division, unfortunately he was registered under the 4k category. Besides it was just a fun run, and I just joined in to measure myself if I can run that long, which now I know I can based on the result. 3k would be a good fit for me. With 4k-5k, I can do it but with some walks in between to pace myself. But it would be a long road if I will join in those competitions, got to be fit first. As the saying goes, “Get fit to play” not the other way around. 🙂
After the run, cheering competition between the teens and the oldies.